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No3 [Passion] A cop sits down to eat

This is a story about a talkative cop who likes to eat, but most of all loves to talk. It is to be consumed enthusiastically… Published in the popular weekly magazine Asahi Geino that covers Japanese show business, Meshibana deka Tachibana [Detective Tachibana’s food stories] is gaining a follow[...]

No3 [History] At Mr. Nobunaga’s service

By using the historical figure of Oda Nobunaga as a character, mangaka have succeeded in creating several very imaginative stories. Over the past few years, jidaigeki ( Japanese period films) have made a comeback in movies. Samurai films are acclaimed both by the audiences they entertain and the dir[...]

No3 [Initation] From producer to consumer

Arakawa Hiromu has taken a bold step with her new manga about agriculture. With Fullmetal Alchemist, Arakawa Hiromu has become one of the greatest names in manga, both in Japan and in the rest of the world. Her talent is greatly applauded and it is well known that everything she touches turns to gol[...]

No3 [Trend] Manga are now devoured in many different forms

2011 and 2012 saw a marked change in the way Japanese people read comic books.  Years go by but in the world of manga everything seems to stay the same. In 2005 the sales of graphic novels surpassed those of manga compilation magazines and the gap between the two formats continues to widen, indicat[...]

No2 [Trends] Going East

The opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree on the eastern side of the Japanese capital marks the start of a new era. Without doubt, Tokyo is experiencing a revolution. Admittedly it is a peaceful one, but still a revolution, that will change the geographical balance of the capital. This revolution is related[...]

No2 [Cinema] Fifty years as a film star

© 1961 Toho Co. Ltd. Film directors recognized the symbolic value of the Tokyo Tower and it was often used as a setting in their movies.  Film directors were right. They were quick to understand that the Tokyo Tower, symbol of the capital city as well as the whole country, had grown to be as famou[...]

No2 [History] The end of a symbol

A tower within a tower Tokyo Tower was built during the years of strong economic growth in Japan. Now that the country is in crisis, it is looking for a new beacon of hope. It is called Tokyo Sky Tree.  Built as a huge television aerial, the Tokyo Tower ended up representing far more.  On the fift[...]

No1 [Technology] Robots will make the difference

Whether for the future of their economy, or in everyday life, Japanese rely on robots.    The car industry was the motor of our economy for several decades. It is time to turn a page, and evolve towards something new. This something is robots.” Tomida Shigeru, Calio’s manager, is positive. Acc[...]

No1 [Trends] From “made in” to “made with”

In aeronautics, the Japanese are betting on international cooperation to establish their technology.  In the field of aeronautics, the Japanese have acquired a solid reputation with their famous hunter Zero made by Mitsubishi in the late thirties. It’s reliance and maneuverability allowed the Jap[...]

No1 [Challenge] Reinventing “made in japan”

After a challenging year on all sides, the Japanese population is set to slowly regain trust in it’s own products.   According to its end of year habit, Nikkei Business, a magazine specialised in economy, published the list of the most popular products in Japan. And it was a surprise to the journ[...]